Dumfries ace David Bogie led from start to finish to clinch his fourth Border Counties Rally on Saturday and his first win in this year’s ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.
The five-time former Scottish champion, co-driven by Kevin Rae from Hawick, was in dominant form to finish forty seconds ahead of the rest of the field in his Ford Fiesta R5+, despite the car developing a technical problem on the last of five completed forest stages.
“We were lucky to make it back - the car had a damaged crown wheel and pinion so it was mainly rear wheel drive through the final stage. You could hear it grinding away and I was trying not to be too hard on it”, said a relieved Bogie at the finish in Jedburgh: “But obviously we’re delighted with the win - it kick-starts our season after the disappointment of a non-finish on the Snowman Rally”.
Meanwhile, Newton Stewart’s Mark McCulloch chalked up a second successive top-ten finish, and a class win, despite suffering from a sickness bug. Co-driven by Michael Hendry, McCulloch steered his “new-for-2015” Mitsubishi EVO 9 to ninth overall.
There was also success for Port William’s Fraser Wilson and navigator Craig Wallace: the pair winning the Group N category in their Mitsubishi EVO while ending the day in fourteenth place.
However, it proved a disappointing day for Jock Armstrong, who won the opening round in Inverness alongside Paula Swinscoe. The Castle Douglas driver had to retire his Subaru Impreza with engine problems after completing two stages, while sitting second behind Bogie.
Among the 2-wheel drive competitors, there was a second in class for Haugh of Urr co-driver Kirsty Riddick who was on the notes for young Aberdeen talent Ryan Weston in his Proton Satria, while Newton Stewart’s Alex Curran, with Heather Grisedale navigating, was runner-up in his class in a Vauxhall Corsa.
Thornhill son and father team Greg and Chris McKnight were vying for class honours in their Ford Escort Mk2, before coming to grief on the fourth stage, and another family pairing - Donald and Scott Peacock from Bridge of Dee - had to retire their Peugeot 205GTi.
The third round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is the Coltel Communications Granite City Rally in Aberdeen on May 2nd.
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Border Counties Rally/Dumfries and Galloway finishers, with total times:
1st David Bogie (Dumfries)/Kevin Rae (Hawick) Ford Fiesta R5+ 32m 45s
9th Mark McCulloch (Newton Stewart)/Michael Hendry (Elgin) Mitsubishi EVO 34.30
14th Fraser Wilson (Port William)/Craig Wallace (Kirriemuir) Mitsubishi EVO 35.15
27th Andy Kelly (Greenock)/Roger Herron (Dumfries) Ford Escort RS2000 37.01
28th Ryan Weston (Aberdeen)/Kirsty Riddick (Haugh of Urr) Proton Satria 37.01
33rd Alex Curran (Newton Stewart)/Heather Grisedale (Workington) Vauxhall Corsa 37.20
38th Jim Sharp (Stranraer)/Sasha Heriot (Stranraer) Mitsubishi EVO 38.19
48th Jim Robertson (Thornhill)/Colin Maxwell (Dumfries) Citreon C2R2 39.53